February 13, 2016

“S-Curves” Topanga Literary Journal— Call for Submissions

 “S-Curves: The Topanga Literary Journal” is accepting submissions of work for its second issue from January 1 through February 29, 2016. Tentative publication date for the issue is March 31. The journal, founded by Faith Currant, celebrates Topanga as the iconic, creative community that it is and the writers and artists who live or work here. Fiction, literary nonfiction, poetry, book excerpts and works-in-progress, as well as photography and art are we… [Read More...]

“Two Visions” Art Exhibit & Sale

 The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Store presents an art exhibit, “Two Visions,” and sale through February 28. Donna and Joe Goldstein’s sojourns into nature lead to artistry that avoids the artificial and reveals the harmony of landscape—land, water and sky—presented as imperfect and unadorned beauty. For more information: (805) 370-2301 or samo@wnpa.org. Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation A… [Read More...]

Poetry Contest—Deadline Feb. 29, 2016

 Following its successful poetry contest last year, the Topanga Messenger is launching its second annual poetry contest to coincide with Poetry Month (April). Poets are once again invited to participate by submitting their poems (no more than two and no longer than 50 lines) on or before February 29. Topanga poet Jean Colonomos has provided the prompt and our jurors this year will be Kim Zanti, founder and coordinator of Topanga Authors Group (TAG); po… [Read More...]

Topanga Winter Arts and Events

 GALLERY—VALENTINE'S DAY RECEPTION, FEBRUARY 14; EXHIBIT THROUGH FEBRUARY 21 If your someone special enjoys art and unique perspectives, take them to the Topanga Canyon Gallery Valentine’s Day Reception on February 14, between 2-5 p.m. Original art from more than 30 artists is represented at the gallery for this special exhibit. At the reception you will be able to mingle and meet the artists. This exhibit i… [Read More...]

Register for the 56th Annual Topanga Banjo/ Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival

 Calling all contestants, volunteers and graphic artists! The Topanga Banjo/Fiddle Contest & Folk Festival celebrates its 56th year on Sunday, May 15, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., at the Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills. CONTESTANT REGISTRATION (Deadline: April 15) • Register online—(form available at: topangabanjofiddle.org). • Mail in Registration—Download the PDF, complete it (very legibly) and mail it to the Registrar Contestant, Topanga B… [Read More...]

The Illusionists at Hollywood Pantages, February 23-March 31

 This mind-blowing spectacular showcases the jaw-dropping talents of seven of the most incredible illusionists on earth. The Illusionists—Live From Broadway has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage. This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented pro… [Read More...]

Deadpool Slays Comic Book Film Format

 Director Tim Miller and Ryan Reynolds inject new life into tired format. In the ever-expanding universe of intellectual property, franchises more and more are trying to be one-stop shop for all things cinema. You want action, there is a super kinetic montage that is the film’s centerpiece. You want drama, here are eight left turns that comprise the film yet make no sense. Let’s not forget the eight end-credit sequences … [Read More...]